My dear Henry
If you have leisure to think about me at all I am afraid you will think me very remiss and ungrateful in not having before thanked you & Mrs Talbot <1> for the excellent wedding cake <2> you have sent me it followed us to Penrice <3> where we are now staying and enjoying ourselves very much as we have got quite a family party – Kit – Bella & Mr Franklin <4> & their children Mama <5> is in very good spirits & I really think stronger than I have seen her for some time past. and every thing is so exactly as it used to be formerly that you may easily bring us before your minds eye – I daily bless God for allowing me to enjoy so much happiness & I am sure this feeling is common to every individual of our party – We all think the sound of Mrs Talbot very pretty and only wish there was another person with a similar name I fancy there will be one Miss T. the fewer before very long but I have not been authorized to mention the circumstances – I long to be acquainted with Mrs Talbot & hope you will like a dutiful cousin bring her into Glamorganshire where she may run through a gauntlet of houses from one end of this county to the other of her new connections & relations – beginning at Ruperra & ending at Penrice Mr Traherne <6> desires his best thanks & good wishes may not be forgotten –
Your aff cousin
1. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
2. From WHFT’s marriage on 20th December 1832.
3. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
4. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin; Isabella Catherine Franklen, née Talbot (1804–1874); Richard Franklen.
5. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, née Strangways, first m. Talbot (1776–1855), WHFT’s aunt.
6. Rev John Montgomerie Traherne (1788–1860), JP & author.